My husband has a pet peeve concerning me, and it is this: When we are having a conversation, I will turn away from him to address someone/thing else. I do it when I’m talking on the phone to him, when I’m talking on the phone with another person and tell him a side thought, when he’s … More Distracted Momming
According to commiserating folk, every child is difficult. If I’m going off their actual, real-life, sighing, eye-rolling, judgy-face reactions, however, my child is the only difficult one. Those reactions, and what their kids are doing. At a park full of happy faces, sand castle builds, a brother pushing a sister on a swing, and a group of giggling … More The Difficult Child
Dear Son, I try to love you, but you make it difficult. I see love as soft affection, listening considerately to my advice, and respecting my intelligence. I get calls and e-mails home from school about concerns parents have for their children who play with you. When I ask you about what happened; you respond … More Dear Son / Dear Mom
A new mom asked if we ever find ourselves telling the kids strange things, like, “There’s avocado on your nose.” If that’s the strangest thing she’s told her son, she’s got a long future ahead. I tell my boys odd statements all the time, mostly in reference to violent behavior. My most common phrase? “_______________ is … More Your Brother’s Head Is Not a Weapon
Raising children is a difficult and thankless job, especially if the children are difficult and thankless people. Sure, we have some control over the responses and attitudes of kids. Their manners are one of the many things parents blame themselves for the first (and second, and third) time(s) our darling pipes up, “That lady is … More What’s the Point?